January 15

I am taking a class in learning how to make a kuspuk, the traditional hooded overshirt with a large front pocket commonly worn among Alaska Natives.  Young girls often wear them as dresses with leggings or tights.

Now you might wonder why take a class when I know how to use a pattern and how to sew.  I actually think I could do it by myself, but taking a class has two big advantages in my book.  One, in just three days, or  10 hours, I will have a finished garment ready to mail to one of my granddaughters.  Two, and this is the biggest advantage in my opinion, I have the expertise of a woman who has made hundreds and hundreds of kuspuks and can make the process easier, smoother and better overall.

After the first class I am convinced this is true.  She had all types of little notes which she demonstrated and helped us see that made the construction of the kuspuk easier and will definitely aid me in making any future kuspuks.  Lest you question my sewing a lot more of these garments, I do have a kuspuk apron pattern which is very similar and which I have been wanting to make for quite some time.

Classes are a real help in all types of activities and this makes me want to encourage others to take classes.  It also make me want to give classes in skills which I possess to help others.  I learned to knit at a yarn store when I was sixteen.  I taught myself to crochet when I was in my thirties.  I have always thought knitting was the easier skill, but almost no one I have talked to agrees with me.  I am convinced that I believe this because having someone teach me was much easier than learning out of a book myself.  Granted, today you could see a tutorial on You Tube which would be a big help, but nothing beats face to face instruction in my book.  I am grateful for teachers everywhere.

Father, thanks for gifting teachers who help us.  Thanks for people who want to teach and thanks for opportunities to learn.  Amen.

I Corinthians 12:1-11

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